Slowly but surely progressing towards my front splits ☺️
While I still have a way to go with getting that back leg straight, I never dreamt I would get this far. As someone who was not born with naturally open hips, never did the splits as a child, and has run a lot of miles over the years, I’ve really had to work for this. Just a few years ago I couldn’t touch my toes! And to me, that’s the beauty of it. If you just keep chipping away, slowly but surely the thing that you thought was impossible starts to become reality 💪🏻❤️👌🏻
Even if I never get a fully flat split, the sense of achievement and the freedom of movement I have gained from getting this far is priceless ✨
If you want to work on this, here are my top tips on safe and effective stretching:
1️⃣ Warm up thoroughly - it’s best to stretch after class or working out
2️⃣ Make sure you stretch the entire body before getting to your tightest area. It will help I promise
3️⃣ Explore different planes of motion to get the most out of each stretch (add a side bend or gentle rotation)
4️⃣ Breathe. Never push until it hurts, never clench muscles
5️⃣ Use blocks or pillows to support your body weight. If you are trying to support your own weight by ‘hovering’ in the stretch your muscles will be working and not relaxing
6️⃣ Always exit the stretch while you still have the strength to do so safely!
7️⃣ You can’t see this in the video but hold each stretch for 30 seconds and repeat the whole sequence on the other side!
Finally... If you’ve been stretching consistently but feel like something is locked and just won’t budge, it can definitely be worth a trip to see an osteopath or physiotherapist. Sometimes weakness or instability elsewhere in the chain can cause a muscle to grip on for dear life, making it resistant to stretching. In these cases a few simple corrective exercises can help restore balance and free up the chain.